Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Power Balls using CocoCardio

I tried making my power balls recipe with the addition of the 'Coco Cardio' I purchased at iHerb. The Coco Cardio is a dark cocoa powder with beet and hibiscus powder added to it. These are powerful antioxidants that help oxygenate the blood and provide you with added energy. I love this stuff. I tried it in hot water as a cocoa drink for a chocolately fix, but it goes very well in baked goods, as it completely masks any flavor from the beets (they have a sweet earthy flavor). Naturopath approved!

These powerballs are delicious, high in protein, grain-free, paleo-friendly and have a good dose of fiber and healthy fat. Great for a snack or post workout. These are wonderful for children.

1 cup raw almonds - blend in food processor, then add the following:
1 cup dates
1/2 cup coconut flakes
4 tbsp Coco Cardio
1/2 cup hemp hearts (you could also use a combo of chia and ground flax)

if the mixture doesn't stick together after processing, add a couple tablespoons of agave or honey

form into 1 inch balls and refrigerate or freeze!

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Where to get some pantry staples and COUPON CODE for!

As I mentioned in my last post I'll share with you some of the goodies I've recently purchased from iherb! I like getting inspired in the kitchen and keeping it fresh, so it's fun to try new products out once in a while, and getting my order last week did just that!
As a bonus, if you would like to place an order with, you can use the following coupon code to give you up to $10 OFF your first order over $40!

Ok, so you can see from the picture a few of the things I ordered:

Coconut sugar - a low glycemic sugar alternative - use exactly like you would regular sugar in your baking etc.

Coconut Flour - a paleo-friendly (grain-free) flour alternative, used in many of my baked goodies

Peanut Flour - a high protein grain-free flour alternative, can be added to smoothies, baked goods or make into nut-butter. Check out my peanut-butter cookie recipe in the previous post!

Coco Cardio - dark cocoa powder WITH beet and hibiscus flour. This is a heart healthy addition to warm drinks or baked goods. Use like you would cocoa powder. Check out my smoothie recipe in the previous post!

Agave - this is a nice pantry staple for using in dressings and some baked goods for sweetness in liquid form

Have fun in the kitchen!

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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Monday, May 6, 2013

Peanut Flour Goodies! High protein cookie and smoothies.

I have been having a lot of fun in the kitchen with some of the goodies I recently ordered online (I will post my source in an upcoming blog). I love playing around with new naturopathic ingredients! To start, I want to share with you my recipes with High Protein Peanut Flour. This product is basically peanuts that had the fat content roasted off and therefore is a high protein nutrient boost that can be used in the place of flour (cookies, bars), to make your own peanut butter (just add 1-2 Tbsp water to 1 Tbsp peanut flour) or into smoothies (1/4 cup has 16g of protein!!). This stuff tastes great, and I love that it is a great alternative for grains in paleo recipes!
This weekend I made the kids a smoothie:
1 banana
2 Tbsp Cocoa Cardio (More info on this in my next post!)
4 Tbsp Peanut Flour
2 cups Coconut Almond Milk (I love this stuff - comes in a 2 pack at costco, just the right sweetness for smoothies and baking!)

Blend it all up and drink! Tasted a lot like chocolate milk to be honest, and it wasn't overly peanut-y

Next I made these amazing high protein Peanut Butter cookies - great for an afternoon snack or post-workout. Paleo approved and kid approved!

Mix the following in a bowl:
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup peanut flour
1/4 cup ground flax
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup honey or agave or maple syrup (sweeten to your preference)
1 egg (this is optional - the flax will bind it if you add a little water or milk alternative)

the dough is pretty firm. Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 min.

Dr. Anna Falkowski HBSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Clinic Director
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